HORATIO (AP) — A machete-wielding mobile home resident whacked a burglar who was trying to drag another resident toward the door, leaving wounds that hours later helped identify the suspect, authorities said.
Sevier County deputies arrested Jose Rubi, 26, of De Queen on a felony aggravated burglary charge last week, the Texarkana Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/r7Qd3F). Rubi has a plea hearing scheduled Thursday.
Epimaco Sotelo was awakened by commotion inside the home at about 5 a.m., authorities said. He saw the woman who also lives in the home, Elizabeth Navarette, bound at the wrists with plastic zip handcuffs. A man in a ski mask was trying to drag her away while holding a knife to her.
When Sotelo saw what was happening, he grabbed a 3-foot-long machete and started swinging it at the burglar, Sevier County Sheriff Monte Stringfellow said. He hit the burglar several times.
The burglar yelled that Sotelo owed him money. After the attack continued, the burglar released Navarette and fled, authorities said.
He dropped a prescription bottle with a name and address on it, which authorities said they used to find Rubi.
"We didn’t know if it was going to be the suspect or not. We had a name and address in De Queen. His mother was at home and we had her to call him to come over to the house," Stringfellow said.
When Rubi arrived, the machete wounds gave deputies enough evidence to arrest him.
"It’s hard to deny when your head is whacked up. He had three cuts to his head, but he didn’t require hospitalization," Stringfellow said.
"Epimaco whipped the dude pretty good. The ski mask prevented more serious injuries," he added.
It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether Rubi had an attorney. He’s being held on $150,000 bond in the Sevier County Jail.
Workers at the jail would not say whether Rubi had an attorney. Sotelo and Navarette could not be reached.